Arch Linux is an operating system that targets competent Linux users (or those who are willing to learn) by giving you complete control and responsibility over your own system with a “do it yourself” approach. By the very nature of this approach it can be tricky to install but the comprehensive Arch Wiki beginners guide is on hand to guide you through the process. Having gone through this process many times there is a big sense of personal achievement and satisfaction when done successfully.

Once you are over the installation hurdle Arch Linux is one of the most user friendly desktop operating systems to use and maintain. The time spent during the tricky installation process can be time well spent.

Arch-Linux is generally considered beyond the reach of those who lack the technical expertise or persistence required to use it. There are Arch-based alternatives like Antergos or Manjaro that provide many of the benefits however with a bigger focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Both do deviate from the Arch “do it yourself” philosophy because of their simple GUI installers. They also facilitate a variety of desktop environments as well as common applications and configurations. The outcome is a complete preconfigured installation with the desktop environment of your choice and access to the vast Arch software repositories.

Why install Arch?

To check Arch Linux is the right operating system for you read Swapnil Bhartiya’s excellent blog Five reasons I roll with Arch Linux, and why you should too

Arch Installation Options

Arch WikiRevenge InstallerAntergosManjaro
To install Arch Linux manually follow the Arch Wiki beginners guide alternatively Swapnil Bhartiya maintains an excellent guide here.
The Arch Linux Revenge GUI Installer is an automated script guiding you to a complete Arch Linux installation with desktop environment. A similar project well worth checking out is the Arch-Anywhere installer. Like Revenge it is another automated install script Click here for an 11 minute YouTube tutorial however there are many more comprehensive tutorials available online.
If you prefer to use the convenience of Antergos you can download it from here
The Manjaro website states “Manjaro is a user-friendly GNU/Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch Linux. It is built for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users. For newcomers there is a user friendly installer and the system is designed to work out of the box.
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